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It’s the time of year when flu and colds abound, but flu season in the midst of a pandemic is a whole new ball game. Although seasonal flu hasn’t arrived in Powell River yet, health-care workers in Powell River are gearing up to be busier than usual.
COVID-19 has made its presence known in the Powell River Region in the past month. As a result, testing for the virus has become a matter of intense public interest. It’s important that the public has accurate information about the details, says family physician Dr. Danielle Marentette.
As COVID-19 has arrived in our community, we have entered a new phase of the pandemic, and it’s one that requires each of us to find courage, patience and tolerance when that is perhaps the most difficult thing to do.
While we have been anticipating and preparing for it, it was still a shock when COVID-19 finally arrived so dramatically in our small part of the world. After over six months with no visible presence, and fewer than five confirmed cases locally in that time, it was easy to start believing we were immune.
Fall is coming and it will be a new season of pandemic for all of us.
Back in June, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry shared graphic models of what the COVID-19 virus would do in BC if our social interactions rose over 60 per cent. The steeply rising number of new cases now looks a lot like the 70 to 80 per cent models we were shown two months ago, and that isn’t good news.